Astros take first of four against Chicago

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 3-0 win

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 3-0 win
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Back at home for ten games, the Astros looked to start the long homestand with a win over the White Sox to start their four-game series. Here's a recap of Monday night's game:

Final Score: Astros 3, White Sox 0

Record: 32-16, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.59 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Ryan Burr (1-1, 3.86 ERA).

1) Peacock with five strong innings in win 

Brad Peacock threw his third consecutive start with one run or less, holding the White Sox scoreless over five innings of work. He looked on track to go longer, but a long fifth inning ended his night early. Peacock's final line: 5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 walks, and an impressive 9 strikeouts.

2) Bullpen tasked with four more innings

Despite Peacock having a strong outing, it was still only five innings, resulting in the bullpen being asked to cover four innings to close out the win. Chris Devenski pitched a scoreless sixth by working around a two-out single, then Will Harris worked around two two-out singles for a scoreless seventh.

Ryan Pressly took over in the eighth, and to no surprise provided yet another scoreless inning. In the ninth, Roberto Osuna converted his twelfth save of the season to complete the shutout.

3) Three runs is enough

With the White Sox held scoreless by Houston, the Astros didn't need much offense to get the job done on Monday night. Carlos Correa hit what would be the eventual winning run on a sac fly in the bottom of the first, putting Houston up 1-0. They added two insurance runs, both on solo homers, one by Jake Marisnick in the third and the other by Tyler White in the fourth, his first of the year.

Up Next: The Astros and White Sox will get game two of this series underway tomorrow night at 7:10 PM. Houston will have their ace, Justin Verlander (7-1, 2.38 ERA), on the mound to pitch opposite of Dylan Covey (0-2, 4.41 ERA) for Chicago.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Following Houston's 6-4 road trip, the Astros returned home to finish the first "half" of the season before the All Star break hosting Florida and Texas. Houston's road trip was filled with clutch performances in New York, dominance in taking 3 of 4 in Toronto, and a dose of close calls and tough realities with a short-handed team against Minnesota.

Now the Astros hope to take care of business against the lowly Marlins and division rival Rangers. The Texas series, in particular gives Houston the opportunity to reassert their hold on the #2 spot ahead of the Rangers who have won their last 5 games in a row (as of the time this was published). Both teams have won 7 of their last 10 games and hope to catch a free-falling Seattle team to overtake the division lead.

Dana Brown told the media last week he expects both Justin Verlander and Kyle Tucker to be reactivated following the All-Star break but Tucker's updates continue to be more promising than Verlander's and MUCH more promising than Lance McCullers. Astros manager informed the media this week that McCullers has been shut down from throwing after his arm did not respond well to his recent bullpen sessions and the team is formulating the plan for what's next for the embattled pitcher. McCullers hasn't pitched since the 2022 postseason and underwent season-ending flexor tendon surgery last June. McCullers is under contract with Houston until 2026.

An eventual return for Kyle Tucker would spur a juggling act from Joe Espada to find a proper balance of time for all his outfielders, none of which have separated themselves offensively. Chas McCormick had a great month of June recording an .804 OPS but that run looks more like an anomaly as his scuffles have continued over the past 2.5 weeks, recording just 4 hits over his last 32 plate appearances.

While Jake Meyers has wowed fans and teammates with his glove this season, his offense has hit a skid, hitting just .184 with a .565 OPS over the past month. After rookie Joey Loperfido's torrid debut, he too has struggled with the bat, hitting just .216 with .599 OPS over the same time period.

An unexpected bright spot has been the recent play of first baseman Jon Singleton. Over the last 4 weeks, "Big Jon" is batting .302 with an .802 OPS. It's worth mentioning that Singleton's season numbers are better than Florida's Josh Bell, who drew interest from Astros fans over the past several seasons as a potential answer at first base. Bell has 135 more ABs this season so its not quite an apples-to-apples comparison but there's no doubt Singleton's contributions were sorely needed following the release of Jose Abreu.

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